Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with so many films released under the MCU banner in less than a decade, it’s actually surprising that there haven’t been many huge plot holes dragging the franchise down. Of course, with just how quickly plans can change behind-the-scenes, it’s understandable that a few errors would be made along the way. Case in point: the ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has officially been retconned in order for Ragnarok to make sense.
If you’ll recall, Age of Ultron ended with, among other things, Hulk flying off in one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s quinjets. In the film, Nick Fury jokingly says that he’ll send a postcard from Fiji after losing the craft’s signal near the “Caspian Sea,” implying that the Hulk is still earthbound. However, we now know that Hulk ends up in space given the plot of Thor: Ragnarok and according to Marvel head Kevin Feige, the reason for keeping Hulk grounded was to keep fans from thinking that Marvel Studios was planning a Planet Hulk movie. But with Hulk and Thor now teaming up for an interstellar adventure, Feige says that the ending of Age of Ultron has been officially retconned.
In an interview with The Wrap, Feige explains that he essentially told Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon that they needed to avoid sending Hulk into space … but then ended up doing a movie with Hulk in space anyway.
“The way it ends as you recall with Hulk in the Quinjet going off, right? We said, ‘Joss, we can’t do that because he’s not going into space and people are going to think we’re doing ‘Planet Hulk,’ He goes, ‘ Well, what are we going to do?’ We said, ‘We don’t know.’ So, if you go back and look at that shot of the movie, he’s in the sky. It’s blue sky.” Feige says that Marvel quickly changed its mind after deciding which “big” character would be featured in Thor: Ragnarok.
“Well, what if he did go to space? We would jokingly call it Planet Thor, for a while. I went, ‘You know what that means?’ They go, ‘What?’ I go, ‘That means Hulk went to space at the end of Ultron.’ So, I had to tell Joss. And this was a year after Ultron came out. It was kind of a big thing. We were like, ‘ You gotta change it, Joss, he’s not going to space.’ A year after, I go, ‘Joss, guess where he’s going? He’s going to space.'”
While it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a new cut of Age of Ultron that shows Hulk heading into space, we hope that Thor: Ragnarok at least pays lip service to how Hulk ended up in the far reaches of space after everyone thought he was vacationing on a beach somewhere.